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UNESCO Chola Temple Trail Private day trip from Trichy

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Product Code : AGORA479

Embark on a UNESCO Chola Temple Trail with a private day trip from Trichy, exploring the magnificent Great Living Chola Temples at Thanjore, Darasuram, and Gangaikonda Cholapuram. These temples, built by the Cholas between the 10th and 12th centuries CE, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites known for their exquisite architecture and rich cultural heritage. Visit Brihadeshwara Temple & Fort in Thanjore, known for its outstanding Chola architecture, and explore the Thanjavur Palace & Museum with its art gallery and library. Discover the artistic stone carvings of Darasuram Temple and admire the unique Tamil style of architecture at Gangaikonda Cholapuram. A cultural journey through the ancient Chola temples awaits on this private day trip.


7:00 AM - Commence your exploration with a pick-up from your hotel in Trichy and embark on a journey to Gangaikonda Cholapuram. This historic temple complex, built in the 11th century by the Chola dynasty, stands as a testament to the architectural brilliance of the era. As you wander through its corridors and courtyards, marvel at the intricate carvings adorning the Nandi Mandapa, Alankar Mandapa, Maha Mandapa, Mukha Mandapa, and Ardha Mandapa. Your knowledgeable guide will provide captivating insights into the temple's history, detailing the mythological narratives and historical events depicted through its sculptures.

After absorbing the grandeur of Gangaikonda Cholapuram, continue your journey to Darasuram.

Upon reaching Darasuram, you'll discover the awe-inspiring Airavateshwara Temple, another jewel in Tamil Nadu's architectural crown and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is renowned for its exquisite stone carvings, with the front mandapam designed as a chariot drawn by horses being a particular highlight. Your guide will share intriguing stories and facts about the temple, emphasizing its significance in the cultural and historical landscape of Tamil Nadu.

Indulge in a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, where you'll have the opportunity to savor the authentic flavors of Tamil Nadu cuisine, celebrated for its rich blend of spices and aromas.

Post-lunch, make your way to Thanjavur.

Explore the opulent Thanjavur Palace & Museum, a repository of the region's vibrant history and culture. Within its walls, you'll find an impressive art gallery, a comprehensive library, and a captivating hall of music. Admire the exquisite bronze and granite sculptures from the Chola period displayed in the art gallery and delve into the heritage preserved in the Saraswathi Mahal Library, which safeguards over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages, including some rare and ancient texts.

Conclude your day with a visit to the iconic Brihadeeshwara Temple, also known as the Big Temple. Built by Chola king Rajaraja I in the 10th century, this architectural masterpiece is one of India's largest and oldest temples. As you gaze upon its towering vimana (temple tower) and intricate wall sculptures, your guide will offer insights into its historical significance, architectural brilliance, and its revered status as a major pilgrimage site for Hindus.

As the day draws to a close, begin your return journey to Trichy.

Arriving back in Trichy around 7:00 PM, bid farewell to your guide and driver as they drop you off at your hotel, marking the end of your enriching day exploring the UNESCO Chola Temple Trail.

Private AC car/van for pick up and drop off from/to your hotel.

English speaking local guide, if option selected.

Entrance fees to monuments, if option selected.

Lunch, if option selected.

Bottled water in the car.

Government Taxes.

Camera charges at monuments.

Gratuities and optional activities.

Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.